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iPod and iTunes For Dummies

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Get going with your iPod & iTunes and this perennial bestseller - now in full-color!

iPod & iTunes For Dummies is the ultimate beginner's guide for getting started with your iPod and Apple's iTunes service. Now in its tenth edition, this helpful guide has been completely overhauled and boasts a full-color format for the first time ever. Veteran For Dummies author Tony Bove introduces you to the different iPod models, explains how to power up your iPod, and shows you how to set up iTunes. You'll learn to personalize your device, add music tracks from a CD to your iTunes library, set up a playlist, sync your content and apps with iCloud, and much more.

  • Offers straightforward coverage of using your iPod as the ultimate digital music player and shows you how to choose the iPod model that's right for you, get started with your iPod, set up iTunes, master the touch interface, and shop at the iTunes Store
  • Teaches you how to add music tracks from a CD to your iTunes library, play content in iTunes, set up playlists, share content from your iTunes library, and manage photos and videos
  • Walks you through sending and receiving e-mail, downloading and using apps, fine-tuning sound, updating and troubleshooting, and maintaining battery life
  • Provides updates for iOS 6 and the latest iPod models and older favorites, including the iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod classic

Get in tune with the latest and the greatest music, videos, and more! iPod & iTunes For Dummies, 10th Edition puts you on track to enjoying iTunes and your iPod today.

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Introduction

Launched on October 23, 2001, the iPod is ubiquitous throughout the world. How the first device came to be called iPod is still, to this day, a mystery, but the name not only stuck, it also spawned iPhone and iPad. Some say a freelance copywriter came up with it after thinking of the phrase Open the pod bay door, Hal! from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. According to a team member quoted by Steve Levy in The Perfect Thing (Simon & Schuster), back in 2001, the late Apple chairman Steve Jobs just came in and went, ‘iPod.’ We all looked around the room, and that was it. It’s certainly true that the late Steve Jobs rode hard on its design and user interface, making all final decisions. When one of the designers said that, obviously, the device should have a power button to turn the unit on and off, Jobs simply said no. And that was that. (We will all miss his insight.)

There were other MP3 audio players when the iPod was introduced, but none that offered as much capacity for holding music, and none that could change the entire experience of acquiring, playing, and storing your music the way the iPod did. And that’s because the iPod is not alone: It is an integral part of an ecosystem that centers on the iTunes application on your computer, and includes iCloud and the iTunes Store and App Store on the Internet.

iTunes is the center of my media universe and the software that manages content for all my iPods, iPhones, and iPads. I bring all my content into iTunes — from CDs, the iTunes Store, and other sources — and then sync it wirelessly to my iPod touch, iPhones, and iPads for playback. Even though I buy content and apps directly with my iPod touch, everything I obtain is automatically synchronized with my iTunes library on my computer, and just about all my music is synchronized with my iTunes Match library in iCloud.

iTunes was originally developed by Jeff Robbin and Bill Kincaid as an MP3 player called SoundJam MP, and released by Casady & Greene in 1999. It was purchased by Apple in 2000 and redesigned and released as iTunes. Since then, Apple has released numerous updates of iTunes to support new devices, fix bugs, and add new features to improve your content library and your iPod experience. All the important features are covered in this book. iTunes is getting better all the time, and this book gets you started.

About This Book

The publishers are wise about book matters, and they helped me design iPod & iTunes For Dummies, 10th Edition, as a reference. With this book, you can easily find the information you need when you need it. I wrote it so that you can read from beginning to end to find out how to use iTunes and your iPod models from scratch. But this book is also organized so that you can dive in anywhere and begin reading the info you need to know for each task.

I didn’t have enough pages to cover every detail of every function, and I intentionally left out some detail so that you won’t be befuddled with technospeak when it isn’t necessary. I wrote brief but comprehensive descriptions and included lots of cool tips on how to get the most out of your iPod touch.

At the time I wrote this book, I covered the most recent iPod models and the latest version of iTunes. Although I did my best to keep up for this print edition, Apple occasionally slips in a new model or new version of iTunes between book editions. If you’ve bought a new iPod with features not covered in the book, or if your version of iTunes looks a little different, be sure to check out the free Tony’s Tips section of my website (www.tonybove.com/tips) for more tips, bonus chapters, and updates on the latest releases from Apple.

Conventions Used in This Book

Like any book that covers computers, mobile devices, and information technology, this book uses certain conventions:

Choosing from a screen or menu: With an iPod touch, when I write Choose Settings⇒General from the Home screen, you tap Settings on the Home screen and then tap General on the Settings screen.

With an iPod classic or iPod nano, when you see Choose Settings⇒Brightness from the iPod main menu, you scroll (rotate your finger clockwise around) the click wheel to highlight Settings on the main menu, press the Select button (the center button) to choose Settings, and then highlight and choose Brightness from the Settings menu.

With iTunes, when I write Choose iTunes⇒Preferences in iTunes, you click iTunes in the menu bar at the top of the display and then click Preferences in the iTunes menu that appears.

Sliding, scrolling, and flicking on an iPod touch: When you see Scroll the screen I mean you need to drag your finger to slide the screen slowly. When I write scroll the list on the iPod touch Settings screen, I mean you should drag your finger over the list so that it slides horizontally or vertically. When I write Flick the screen, you should flick the screen with your finger to slide it quickly.

Clicking and dragging on the computer: When you see Drag the song over the name of the playlist, I mean you need to click the song name (in iTunes), hold the mouse button down, and then drag the song — while holding the mouse button down — over to the name of the playlist before lifting your finger off the mouse button.

Keyboard shortcuts on the computer: -I, which opens the Information window in iTunes.) In Windows, the same keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-I (which means press the Ctrl key along with the I key). Don’t worry — I always tell you what the equivalent Windows keys are.

Step lists: When you come across steps that you need to do in iTunes or on the iPod touch, the action is in bold, and the explanatory part follows. If you know what to do, read the action and skip the explanation. But if you need a little help along the way, check out the explanation.

Pop-up menus: I use the term pop-up menu for menus on the Mac that literally pop up from dialogs and windows; in Windows, the same type of menu actually drops down and is called a drop-down menu. I use the term pop-up menu for both.

A Quick Peek Ahead

This book is organized into six parts, and each part covers a different aspect of using your iPod touch and iTunes. Here’s a quick preview of what you can find in each part.

Part I: Touching All the Basics

This part gets you started with your iPod: powering it up, recharging its battery, connecting it to your computer, and so on. You discover how to set up your iPod and install iTunes. You also find out how to use an iPod touch multi-touch interface and onscreen keyboard. I also impart all the techniques I use as an iPod road warrior: organizing apps into folders, setting your alarm and multiple clocks for time zones, keeping time with your stopwatch, changing your display settings, setting the passcode to lock up the device so others can’t use it, and setting restrictions on content and the use of applications.

Part II: Managing Your Library

This part gets you started with iTunes on your computer, including playing and ripping audio CDs, adding videos, and downloading songs, albums, podcasts, audio books, movies, TV shows, and music videos from the iTunes Store, and applications from the App Store. You find out how to buy music, podcasts, videos, and applications directly on your iPod touch. I also show you how to synchronize your iPod touch with iCloud and synchronize all iPod models with the iTunes library on your computer, including your content, personal contacts, e-mail accounts, web bookmarks, and calendars. You also find out how to browse the content in your iTunes library, add and edit content information, and arrange content into iTunes playlists that you can transfer to your iPod. This part also contains crucial information about locating and backing up your iTunes library.

Part III: Playing It Back with Interest

In this part, I show you how to locate and play music on your iPod shuffle, and all types of content on your iPod touch, iPod classic, and iPod nano — music, audio books, podcasts, iTunes U courses, movies, TV shows, videos, and slide shows of your own photos. You also discover how to take photos and record videos with an iPod touch.

Part IV: Touching the Online World

This part describes how to use your iPod touch and the Safari application to surf the web. You also find out how to check and send e-mail, look at your stock portfolio, and check the weather in your city and other cities. I also show you how to display maps and driving directions.

Part V: Staying in Touch and Up-to-Date

In this part, I explain how to use your iPod touch to locate and communicate with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Game Center; use the Messages app to send and receive text; and use the FaceTime app to make and receive video calls. I also show you how to enter and edit calendar entries, how to enter and sort contacts, and how to use the Siri personal assistant on your iPod touch. You also find out how to update or restore your iPod, and reset its settings.

Part VI: The Part of Tens

In this book’s Part of Tens chapters, I provide ten tips that can help make your iPod experience a completely satisfying one, and I describe ten iPod touch apps that will rock your world.

Bonus Chapters and Tips

Lucky reader! You can take advantage of my previous forays into iPodland by checking out the online bonus chapters and free tips associated with this book in the Tony’s Tips section of my website (www.tonybove.com/tips). Scattered through those tips and bonus chapters, you’ll find even more great informational nuggets. Topics include the following:

Choosing audio encoding formats and quality settings for importing music

Adjusting the volume and equalizing the sound

Preparing photo libraries, videos, address books, and calendars

Managing multiple iTunes libraries and copying your library to other hard drives or computers

Getting wired for playback and using accessories

Icons Used in This Book

The icons in this book are important visual cues for information you need.

Remember icons highlight important things you need to keep in mind.

Technical Stuff icons highlight technical details you can skip unless you want to bring out your inner technical geek.

Tip icons highlight tips and techniques that save you time and energy — and maybe even money.

Warning icons save your butt by preventing disasters. Don’t bypass a Warning without reading it. This is your only warning!

On the Web icons let you know when a topic is covered further online on a website. For example, I call your attention to specific areas within Apple’s site (www.apple.com), and I refer to the free tips and bonus chapters I provide on my site at www.tonybove.com/tips.

Part I

Touching All the Basics

I touch all the basics in this first part to get you started with your iPod as quickly as possible.

I start you out with a power punch in Chapter 1: opening the box and powering up the iPod. You also find out how to get the most from your battery.

Chapter 2 describes how to set up your iPod and install the iOS operating system software on an iPod touch. It also describes how to install iTunes — on a Mac or Windows PC.

Next, in Chapter 3, I show you how to touch an iPod touch, tap an iPod nano, and thumb your iPod classic and iPod shuffle. You get a quick tour of the iPod touch Home screen, the icons, and the onscreen keyboard, including tricks like how to quickly type numbers, symbols, and accent marks.

Then, in Chapter 4, I set you up with the right time and date, clocks for different time zones, alarms, the timer, and the stopwatch. You discover how to set a passcode to lock your iPod so that no one else can use it. You learn how to set the display’s brightness, turn the sound effects and ringtone on or off, and change the wallpapers that appear on the locked screen and behind the Home screen. You find out how to set notifications for your apps, and set restrictions so that your kids can’t jump onto the web or download tunes or videos categorized as explicit in the iTunes Store. You also find out how to connect an iPod touch to the Internet using Wi-Fi.

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Powering Your iPod

In This Chapter

Comparing iPod models

Connecting to a power adapter, dock, or computer

Using and recharging your battery

Saving power and battery life

The iPod has evolved into a range of mobile devices — from the current iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic, and iPod touch models described in this chapter, to the iPhone and iPad models described in books such as iPhone For Dummies and iPad For Dummies. Along the way, Apple has not only completely changed the way people play music, audio books, and videos, but also has changed the way people shoot photos and videos, play games, check e-mail, use computer applications, and use the Internet.

But don’t just take my word for it. It’s hard to remember what I did before the iPod, said Grammy Award–winner Mary J. Blige in an Apple press release. iPod is more than just a music player; it’s an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go. Pope Benedict XVI has an iPod engraved with his coat of arms. President Barack Obama gave the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II an iPod preloaded with rare songs by Richard Rodgers. And when Bono of U2 gave an iPod shuffle to George H. W. Bush, the former president joked, I get the shuffle and then I shuffle the shuffle.

The convenience of carrying music on an iPod is phenomenal. For example, the least expensive iPod model — the $49 2GB iPod shuffle — can hold 500 songs, which is plenty for getting around town. The 64GB iPod touch ($399) can hold about 14,000 songs as well as run apps, connect to the Internet, make FaceTime video calls, and play video on a slick screen, whereas the $249 160GB iPod classic, which is designed more for playing music, can hold around 40,000 songs — that’s more than 8 weeks of nonstop rock around the clock. (Prices may vary as Apple introduces new models.)

This chapter introduces the iPod models, and includes how to power them up and connect them to your computer, which are essential tasks.

Comparing iPod Models

The iPod was first invented for playing music, but now you can download movies and TV shows and select from a library of hundreds of thousands of applications (known as apps) for the iPod touch that offer everything from soup to nuts. The iPod touch can also shoot videos and still pictures. You can keep track of your calendar and contacts with an iPod classic as well as store loads of music, but with an iPod touch, you can also enter and edit calendar and contact entries, check and send e-mail, visit your favorite websites, get maps, obtain driving directions, read e-books and periodicals, take iTunes U courses, check the current weather, and even check your stock portfolio.

Introduced way back in the Stone Age of digital music (2001), each model of the iPod family has grown by several generations, now including:

The iPod touch (fifth generation): This one looks and acts like an iPhone, but without cellular phone calls. It relies on Wi-Fi, which is short for wireless fidelity, to connect to networks offering the Internet.

The iPod classic: Following the original iPod design, the iPod classic offers the highest music capacity.

The iPod nano: This is the ultra-portable iPod with the mighty 2.5-inch display that is small enough to hide in your palm and large enough to show videos. It comes in a variety of colors, and responds to multi-touch gestures like the iPod touch.

The tiny iPod shuffle: This is an iPod designed just for audio, which you can clip to your sleeve.

To find out more about previous generations of iPods, including detailed information about cables and connections, see Bonus Chapter 1 in the free tips section of the author’s website (www.tonybove.com/tips). For a nifty chart that shows the differences among iPod models, see the Identifying iPod Models page on the Apple iPod website (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1353).

Getting in touch with iPod touch

I want to call it a device, but it’s so much more — the iPod touch, shown in Figure 1-1, puts the entire world in your pocket. It’s your passport to millions of songs as well as movies, TV shows, and other content on the iTunes Store. It lets you communicate with your friends and family with FaceTime video calls and instant messaging, and participate in social and gaming networks such as Facebook and the Game Center. It records stunning HD video as well as photos and lets you edit them before sharing them. And, of course, it offers a library of hundreds of thousands of applications (known as apps) that offer everything from soup to nuts, including thousands of games — but I get into that later in this chapter.

Figure 1-1: iPod touch in all its glory.

Enclosed in a single piece of anodized aluminum, less than a quarter of an inch thick, and weighing just a little over 3 ounces, the iPod touch is really a pocket computer — it uses a flash memory drive and the iOS operating system. It shares design characteristics and many of the features of its more famous cousin, the iPhone, with built-in speaker and volume controls, an accelerometer for motion detection (such as rotation and shaking), and Internet connectivity for surfing the Web and checking e-mail. Like the newest model iPhone, the newest model iPod touch sports a three-axis gyro for measuring or maintaining orientation (used extensively by games), and a 4-inch, widescreen, multi-touch Retina display that offers a stunning 1136-x-640 pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch — so many pixels that the human eye can’t distinguish individual ones.

The newest iPod touch also offers the 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back for recording HD (1080p) video at up to 30 frames per second (with audio). And you can use a front-facing 1.2-megapixel video camera for taking photos, recording HD (720p) videos, and making FaceTime video calls over the Internet.

The Siri intelligent personal assistant is also included with the newest iPod touch. With Siri and an Internet connection, you can talk in a normal voice to ask for directions, look up contacts, search the Internet, schedule appointments, and so on, as I describe in Chapter 18. For example, you can ask Siri for baseball scores. Any app that has a keyboard, such as Notes (as I show in Chapter 3), can use Siri to understand the text you speak, so that instead of typing, you can speak and your words will be entered as text.

Apple offers the following sizes of iPod touch models as of this writing, and they all use the same battery that offers up to 40 hours of music playback or 8 hours of video playback:

The 32GB model holds about 7,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or about 40 hours of video. (With 7,000 songs, you could play a full week of nonstop music.)

The 64GB model holds about 14,000 songs, 90,000 photos, or about 80 hours of video.

The newest model iPod touch can do nearly everything an iPhone can do, except make cellular-service phone calls or pinpoint its exact location with the Global Positioning System (GPS). Even so, the iPod touch can find its approximate location with Internet-based location services, and you can make the equivalent of a phone call using FaceTime, the Skype app, and an Internet connection, as I describe in Chapter 18. It also offers stereo Bluetooth for using wireless headphones and microphones.

Going mano a mano with iPod nano

Apple has brought its multi-touch technology to a screen the size of a credit card. The iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever made and comes in a full spectrum of colors. It plays music, videos, podcasts, audio books, and music videos.

This mini marvel (see Figure 1-2) offers a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display with 240 x 432 pixels of resolution at 202 pixels per inch, which can show videos and crisp images of your album cover art, and includes a motion sensor so that you can shake it to shuffle songs. Apple offers one 16GB model that holds about 4,000 songs. It also offers an FM tuner for listening to radio and a pedometer to keep track of your footsteps.

Figure 1-2: iPod nano plays FM radio as well as videos and music.

The battery in the iPod nano gives it the power to play up to 30 hours of music — all day and all of the night — or 3.5 hours of video.

Doing the iPod shuffle

If the regular iPod models aren’t small enough to fit into your lifestyle or your budget, try the ultra-tiny 2GB iPod shuffle for $49 (see Figure 1-3). Its built-in clip lets you attach it to your clothing or almost anything. The iPod shuffle has no display but offers buttons on the front to control playback. This design keeps the size and weight to a minimum.

Figure 1-3: iPod shuffle is the iPod you can wear.

The iPod shuffle can also talk to you with the VoiceOver feature. Press the VoiceOver button on top of your iPod shuffle to hear the title and artist of the song. VoiceOver even tells you whether your battery needs charging.

The 2GB iPod shuffle holds about 500 songs, assuming an average of 4 minutes per song, using the AAC format at the High Quality setting for adding music (as described in Chapter 5). The battery offers up to 15 hours of power between charges.

Twirling the iPod classic

The iPod classic, shown in Figure 1-4, is an undeniable classic that Apple has kept in its product line for a good reason: Customers like it. It uses the same click wheel and buttons as previous models, combining the scroll wheel with pressure-sensitive buttons underneath the top, bottom, left, and right areas of the circular pad of the wheel. With the iPod classic, it’s all about music storage on the road — Apple provides a single slim, 4.9-ounce 160GB model in black or silver that can hold 40,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or about 200 hours of video; and its battery offers up to 36 hours of music playback or 6 hours of video playback.

Figure 1-4: iPod classic can hold 40, 000 songs.

Thinking Outside the Box

Apple excels at packaging. Don’t destroy the elegant box while opening it. Keep the box in case, heaven forbid, you need to return the iPod to Apple — the box ensures that you can safely return it for a new battery or replacement.

The iPod touch and iPod nano models come with stereo Apple EarPods, which are as good as some of the better earphones on the market — contoured to fit your ear and minimize sound loss. The iPod shuffle and iPod classic come with the Apple Earphones, which are suitable for most people. So you might be fine with what you get — except that if you want to use remote control buttons for playback or a voice microphone close to your mouth (which is useful for iPod touch voice calls and voice recording), you can get the Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic in the accessories section of the Apple Store. And, of course, there are many alternatives — a visit to a local Apple Store, or any electronics department or store (such as Fry’s) can boggle your mind with displays of accessories, and you can order them online at the online Apple Store (easily accessed from www.apple.com) or other sites such as Amazon.com (www.amazon.com).

The iPod touch, iPod classic, and iPod nano are each supplied with a cable that connects your iPod (or a dock for the iPod) to your computer or to the AC power adapter using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection — a way of attaching things to computers and bussing data around while providing power. The iPod touch and iPod nano cables have a USB connector on one end and Apple’s Lightning connector on the other end to connect either to a Lightning-compatible dock or directly to the iPod nano or iPod touch. The iPod shuffle includes a special cable to connect to a USB power adapter or to your computer. The iPod classic uses a cable with a USB connector on one end and Apple’s older flat dock connector on the other end, which is compatible with the older docks.

You may want to have around a few things that are not in the box. For example, even though you don’t really need an AC power adapter or dock (because you can connect the iPod directly to your computer to recharge your battery), a power adapter or dock is useful for keeping the battery charged without having to connect the iPod to your computer.

Although you can store your apps, content library, personal information, and settings for an iPod touch in Apple’s iCloud, you may still want to use a computer and iTunes to manage these things and keep your iPod touch in sync with them. You need a computer and iTunes to manage and back up the content on an iPod nano, iPod shuffle, or iPod classic. Basically, that computer has to be a Mac running the most recent version of OS X (the operating system) or a PC running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

You’ve seen requirements before — lots of jargon about MB (megabytes), GB (gigabytes), GHz (gigahertz), and RAM (random access memory), sprinkled with names like Intel, AMD, and OS X. To see the most up-to-date requirements, visit the Apple download page (www.apple.com/itunes/download). This page is cool: It shows Macintosh requirements if you’re visiting using a Mac (with a Windows Requirements link), or PC/Windows requirements if you’re visiting using a PC (with a Macintosh Requirements link).

Applying Power to an iPod

All iPod models come with essentially the same requirement: power. You can supply power to your iPod (and charge your battery at the same time) by using the provided cable and your computer, or you can use an optional AC power adapter that works with voltages in North America and many parts of Europe and Asia.

Connecting to a computer or power adapter

An iPod can draw power from a computer or from a power adapter. There are also accessories such as docks that offer power and power strips with USB ports for recharging devices.

A dock can be convenient as a base station when you’re not traveling with your iPod because you can remove any travel case and just slip it into the dock without connecting cables. Just connect it to an Apple or a third-party dock and then use the cable supplied with your iPod to connect the dock to your computer or power adapter. You can pick up a dock at an Apple Store, order one online, or take advantage of third-party dock offerings. Some docks, such as the Apple Universal Dock, keep your iPod classic or iPod nano in an upright position while connected. Some docks also provide connections for a home stereo or headphones, and some docks offer built-in speakers.

On the bottom of the iPod touch and iPod nano is the Lightning connector for connecting the USB cable or Lightning-compatible dock. You find the older, larger flat connector on the bottom of the iPod classic. The iPod shuffle uses the earphone connector with a special USB cable.

To connect your iPod touch, iPod nano, or iPod classic to your computer or power adapter, plug the Lightning connector or flat connector of the cable into the iPod (or into a dock holding your iPod), and then plug the USB connector on the other end of the cable into the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port on your computer or the USB connector on the power adapter.

The iPod shuffle is supplied with a special USB cable that plugs into the earphone connection of the iPod shuffle and draws power from the USB connection on the computer or from a USB power adapter. Plug one end of the included cable into the earphone connection of iPod shuffle and the other end into a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 connection on your computer or power adapter.

When you first connect your iPod to a computer, iTunes starts up and begins the setup process (see Chapter 2). After syncing, the computer continues to provide power through the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port to the iPod.

Why USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port? What happened to 1.0? Most PCs and all current Macs already have either USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, which is all you need to sync an iPod with your computer. Although you can use a low-speed USB 1.0 or 1.1 connection to sync an iPod, it’s slower than molasses on a subzero morning for syncing.

To find out more about previous generations of iPods, including detailed information about USB and FireWire cables and connections, see Bonus Chapter 1 in the free tips section of the author’s website (www.tonybove.com/tips).

Turning it on and off

Touch any button to turn on an iPod classic. To turn off an iPod classic, press and hold the Play/Pause button. To keep an iPod classic from turning on by accident, you can lock it with the Hold switch on the top. The Hold switch locks the iPod buttons so that you don’t accidentally activate them — slide the Hold switch so that it exposes an orange layer underneath. To unlock the buttons, slide the Hold switch so that it hides the orange layer underneath.

If your iPod classic shows a display but doesn’t respond to your button-pressing, don’t panic. Just check the Hold switch and make sure that it’s set to one side so that the orange layer underneath disappears (the normal position).

To turn on an iPod shuffle, slide the three-way switch to expose the green layer underneath. To turn it off, slide the three-way switch to hide the green layer. With the three-way switch or On/Off switch, iPod shuffle models don’t need a Hold switch.

To turn on an iPod nano, press the Sleep/Wake button on top. Press it again to turn it off. To conserve battery life, the screen goes dark anyway if you don’t touch it for a while — press the Sleep/Wake button to turn it back on.

Awaken your iPod touch by pressing the sleep/wake button, which is located on the top of the iPod touch. The iPod touch presents the Slide to Unlock slider at the bottom of the screen, and stays locked until you slide your finger across the slider to unlock it. If you press the sleep/wake button again, it puts the iPod touch back to sleep and locks its controls to save battery power.

You can turn the iPod touch completely off by holding down the sleep/wake button for about 2 seconds, until you see the Slide to Power Off slider; then slide your finger across the slider to turn it off. You can then turn it back on by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button.

After awakening but before unlocking your iPod touch, you can press the physical Home button twice quickly to display music controls. Slide the volume control to set the volume; tap the play/pause, back, or forward buttons to control playback (for details on music playback, see Chapter 12). You can also tap a camera icon to launch the Camera app. See Chapter 14 for details on taking photos and videos.

iPods can function in temperatures as cold as 50° F (Fahrenheit) and as warm as 95° F, but they work best at room temperature (closer to 68° F). If you leave your iPod out in the cold all night, it might have trouble waking, and it might even display a low-battery message. Plug the iPod into a power source, wait until it warms up, and try it again. If it still doesn’t wake up or respond properly, try resetting the iPod as I describe in Chapter 19.

To save battery power, you should plug an iPod into AC power or your computer before turning it back on from a completely off state. And speaking of battery details, check out the next section.

Facing Charges of Battery

You can take a 6-hour flight from New York to California and watch videos on your iPod touch the entire time without recharging. The iPod models are supplied with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that offer the following playback time:

The iPod shuffle offers 15 hours of music.

The iPod nano offers 30 hours of music or 3.5 hours of video.

The iPod classic offers 36 hours of music or 6 hours of video or photo display with music.

The iPod touch offers 40 hours of music, or 8 hours of video, browsing the Internet using Wi-Fi, or displaying photo slide shows with music.

To find out more about the batteries in previous generations of iPods, see Bonus Chapter 1 in the free tips section of the author’s website (www.tonybove.com/tips).

Recharging your battery

The iPod battery recharges automatically when you connect it to a power source. For example, it starts charging immediately when you insert it into a dock that’s connected to a power source (or to a computer with a powered USB connection). It takes 4 hours to recharge the iPod touch or iPod classic battery fully from a drained state (less if partially charged), and only 3 hours for an iPod nano or iPod shuffle.

Need power when you’re on the run? Look for a power outlet in the airport terminal or hotel lobby and plug in your iPod with your AC power adapter — the battery fast-charges to 80 percent capacity in 2 hours. After that, the battery receives a trickle charge for the rest of the time until it’s fully charged.

Don’t fry your iPod with some generic power adapter. Use only the power adapter from Apple or a certified iPod adapter, such as the power accessories from Belkin, Griffin, Monster, XtremeMac, and other reputable vendors.

You can use your iPod while the battery is charging, or you can disconnect it and use it before the battery is fully charged. A battery icon with a progress bar in the upper-right corner of the iPod touch, iPod nano, or iPod classic display indicates how much power is left. When you charge the battery, the battery icon displays a lightning bolt. The battery icon is completely filled in when the battery is fully charged, and it slowly empties into just an outline as the battery is used up. When

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